Transfer News: Man Utd Open Talks For Midfield Duo

By on December 12, 2011

Manchester United have opened talks with Benfica over highly rated duo Nicolas Gaitan and Javi Garcia, according to reports this weekend.

United have been tracking the talented midfielders in recent months and the pair were hugely impressive during Benfica’s two champions league encounters with United this season. Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to have sent scouts to watch both Gaitan and Garcia in recent matches against Naval and Sporting Lisbon, and has received positive reports back.

According to several news outlets, Fergie has now contacted Benfica to register his interest and demanded that he be kept informed if any other clubs come in for the duo.

23-year-old Argentinean Gaitan has a £39m release clause in his contract and Benfica have suggested they want to keep hold of him for at least another season.

Spanish international Garcia has been linked with several European sides, including Arsenal and Liverpool, but Real Madrid have first refusal on the player after selling the 24-year-old to Benfica in 2009. Due to the abundance of midfield talent available at the Bernabeau its unlikely they would be interested in re-signing Garcia, which could leave the door open for United.

Ferguson is on the look-out for midfield reinforcements after injuries to Tom Cleverley and Andreson, with both being ruled out until around February. Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick have both also struggled so far this season leaving United short of midfield cover, and Garcia could be the defensive midfielder they have been crying out for.

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11 Comments

  1. A chika

    December 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Its gud to hear dat united wil invest durin d winter transfer, oops… Fergie wil soon deny this!

  2. Basaru Mudathru A.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    If Ferguson deny dis at last United wil remain d same.

    • lovemore mazivisa

      December 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      i think fergie really needs at least two world class midfielders .if these guy are good as being said then he needs to bring them on.but knowing fergie as i do he will tell u that he wont sign players in january.he seems to believe in the players he has at the moment

  3. KENNEDY ZIMBIZI

    December 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Fergie needs good midfielders.Carrick must b sold he is no longer Man United material.The team is good only th mid needs a player like Modric.

  4. Anthony isaac

    December 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Fergie really need 2 reinforce d Man utd midfield.

  5. Henry

    December 13, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Sir really need 2 or 3 midfields to strengthen the team cos carrick and flecter are now waste products

  6. Ahaba stanley

    December 13, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Sir, man u need mid fielder like sneijder

  7. jimoh ismail (vidic)

    December 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

    i pray for sir alex ferguson to sign and to sign a good mid-fielder.

  8. Ruttoh

    December 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Pliz fergie sign canso,gaitan and garcia.sell carrick,bbtov and gibson.

  9. Ifiok

    December 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Sir,needs to buy at least two good midfielders for instance Sneijder before It’s to late.I can’t imagining man city beating man u again it would be a big shame.

  10. Kennedy zimbizi

    April 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    We need to show the noise neighbours who is the boss of EPL.A draw or win is good for us and its gonna be a bitter pill to swallow for City.You are finished Manchester City come tomorrow.

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